What is a “herd” shot, and how are they aimed and pocketed?

A herd shot uses secondary CB contact to change the natural combo or kiss direction of an OB off another, usually close to a rail and pocket. These videos cover lots of interesting and useful examples. The 1st is from the Video Encyclopedia of One Pocket (VEOP), and the 2nd is from the Video Encyclopedia of Nine-ball and Ten-ball (VENT):

Here’s an interesting herd shot from a pro 10-ball match, and a simple example driving through a pocket hanger:

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